Topical Issue Matters

I wish to advise the House of the following matters in respect of which notice has been given under Standing Order 27A and the name of the Member in each case: (1) Deputy Derek Keating - dog control laws; (2) Deputy Paschal Donohoe - the effects on part-time workers of the inclusion of Sunday as a working day for persons on social protection payments; (3) Deputies Mary Mitchell O'Connor and Mary Lou McDonald - domestic violence, with specific reference to the latest Women's Aid report; (4) Deputy Jim Daly - the need to introduce new schemes in respect of employment assistance; (5) Deputy Joan Collins - the need for a temporary protection mechanism to be invoked by the European Commission to deal with the problem of refugees from Syria; (6) Deputy Michael McNamara - using the Finance Act as a blueprint for the regeneration of small towns and villages; (7) Deputy Denis Naughten - the need to provide additional staffing resources for the acute psychiatric unit at Roscommon County Hospital; (8) Deputy Dan Neville - the number of deaths by suicide in 2012; (9) Deputy Catherine Murphy - ambulance services in the Naas area of County Kildare; (10) Deputy Brendan Smith - the need to progress to construction stage the proposed building project at St Kilian's national school, Mullagh, County Cavan; (11) Deputy Michael P. Kitt - the reduction in community project funds and Leader funding in County Galway; (12) Deputy Noel Harrington - the impact on energy security of the proposed sale of the oil storage terminal on Whitty Island, Bantry Bay, and the oil refinery at Whitegate, County Cork; (13) Deputy Thomas P. Broughan - the need to provide additional resources for An Garda Síochána and review legislation on the sale of alcohol in seaside resorts, including Portmarnock and Howth, County Dublin; (14) Deputy Willie Penrose - proposals for the implementation of new rules and provisions relating to the distribution of the assets of a pension scheme on its wind-up; (15) Deputy Simon Harris - the need to review DART fares to Greystones; (16) Deputy Ciara Conway - child protection and child welfare reporting practices at RTE; (17) Deputy Thomas Pringle - the need to keep open St. Agnes special needs preschool in Donegal town; (18) Deputy Mary Lou McDonald - the need to put in place additional child protection and domestic violence supports and services following the figures from the Women’s Aid helpline; (19) Deputy Mattie McGrath - the proposed new rent allowance limits and the risk of homelessness; (20) Deputy Robert Troy - the need to put in place proper strategies for a quality childminding sector; (21) Deputy Michael Moynihan - the implications for the privacy rights of Irish citizens of the gathering of digital information by the United States National Security Agency; (22) Deputy Charlie McConalogue - the recently published Educational Research Centre study, National Schools - International Contexts; (23) Deputy Luke 'Ming' Flanagan - mental health services within County Roscommon; (24) Deputy Joe Higgins - the response of the Turkish authorities to protests in Istanbul; (25) Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett - fatal foetal abnormalities and the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill; (26) Deputy Mick Wallace - the recent revelations regarding American surveillance of private citizens and the possible impact on Irish citizens; (27) Deputy Clare Daly - the operation of the United States surveillance system, Prism; and (28) Deputy Billy Kelleher - future plans for the mobility allowance and the motorised transport grant schemes.

The matters raised by Deputies Mary Mitchell O'Connor and Mary Lou McDonald; Willie Penrose; Charlie McConalogue; and Michael P. Kitt have been selected for discussion.